For art fanatics, a mass collection of classic pieces are as what peanut butter is to jelly—the match cannot be separated at any time—or at any cost for that matter. But simply, how would you feel if were duped into getting counterfeit pieces that seemed real? Well, this story will surely make you think twice of what you’re actually purchasing now, or believe to be art. Up above is a picture of Glafira Rosales who over the course of 15 years (1994-2009) allegedly sold fake art pieces to several Manhattan galleries totaling in about $80 million dollars. Rosales also said she got many of these pieces from collectors in Switzerland and Spain, and these paintings were work of famous painters like Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, and Willem de Kooningshe. But after further investigation, it turns out both were bold face lies. Jesus Christo. Here’s the deets:
Rosales sold 63 phony art works to two galleries from 1994 to 2009. On Friday, at her arraignment in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, Rosales pleaded not guilty on charges of money laundering, wire fraud, failing to report foreign bank accounts, and filing false tax returns.
Former FBI special agent, Brad Garret, told Good Morning America, “This was a great con, and a great sale on the front end. For someone to pass a forgery is not that difficult if you have an excellent forgery.”
If Glafira Rosales is convicted on all charges, she can face up to 59 years in prison.